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Dec 24, 2014 - Launceston

Today we started with a tour of the Boags Brewery, breweries seem to be the one thing in Australia the Chinese don't own, yet, but probably only because the Japanese got there first. Boags, Cascade, Little Creatures and the list goes on all owned by Lion Nathan. We finished the tour with a beer and cheese tasting. The tour was a means to the end. We then headed north to George Town and then Low Head. Nice quaint maritime village. Dinner at the local pub with stunning views of the bay then off to see the fairy penguins. We were lucky tonight...

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Tasmania 2014

Dec 23, 2014 - Tree Top flying, Georgetown and sliding

Left for a 3 hour tree top flying fox experience at Hollybank forest. What a great experience - 50 m up in the tree tops flying along on flying foxes.....until the third station when Brenton had a meltdown and Mum and him did a tandem run for the rest of the experience. Nothing like having a meltdown at 50 m in the air up a tree. We will have to wait until home to extract the photos and video from the DVD. What a great experience. We then had lunch at the Lillydale water fall rest area in the rain. Some back roads towards Georgetown, a...

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Dec 22, 2014 - Devenport and then on to Launceston

A leisurely start this morning and some wrong turns before finding the shopping centre in Devenport to do some much needed shopping. Then onto the Bass Strait Maritime museum which housed some wonderful displays and model ships. The boys really enjoyed the ship simulator where they could select different levels of steering a ship through the harbour. They really enjoyed this. We had lunch at the Don River Railway park (which is basically part of Devenport)and then visited the rail museum and workshops before taking a 1944 rail motor ride...

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Feb 17, 2014 - Tamar Valley

We are just north of Launceston, in the Tamar Valley. This is a major wine area. The river is tidal, as I suspected last night. This morning we spent some time getting online, etc., then headed north. In the town of Beauty Point, we went to two attractions: Seahorse World and Platypus House. Seahorse World was amazing. There was a room with tanks of tropical seahorses, then they took us into where they are breeding Pot-belly Seahorses, which live in Tasmanian waters. It turns out that these seahorses need at least 1 ½ meters of water depth...

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Feb 16, 2014 - Northern Tasmania

Got up this morning at our B&B near St. Helens. It rained during the night. Our hostess fixed us bacon and eggs and toast for breakfast. She and her husband spent 3 months in the US last Aug-Oct, so she identified with driving on the “wrong” side. She also noticed that our bacon was thinner than theirs and our bread was sweeter. We haven’t noticed the lack of sweetness in the bread here. We headed back through St. Helens and filled up the car. Gas is around 1.60AUD per liter. I’m not sure how that translates, but I think it is around...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Tamar circle drive

Drove West Tamar Highway to Beaconsfield, and the Platypus House (and echidnas) and seahorse world. Afternoon tea at the Two Door cafe in Beaconsfiled and ack over the Batman Bridge and East Tamar Highway. Early dinner of grilled Tassie salmon and salad at Fish and Chips at the sea port. Demonstration rowing lesson at the end of a rope at North Esk Rowing Club.

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Jan 2, 2014 - Longford

we drove to the little town of Longford, just 15 minutes south of Launceston. The Uniting Churchnon High Street was formerly the Mehtodist church at which my great-grandfather Thomas Geddes White was Minister in 1894. He had previously served at Latrobe and Ringarooma Churches and this was his final Tasmanian posting before he went to South Australia. this church was built I 1889 to replace the original building, just around the corner in Wellingon Street, which is now privately owned. we also. Visited the Methodist cemetery, on a neglected...

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Jan 1, 2014 - Gorge walk

Walked from The Gorge along mountain track to the Duck River Power Station and back. Morning tea with the peahens and their chicks. Hydropower began - 1st in the world in 1890s to power the booming mining town of Launceston. Light rain kept us cool, but dry under P's enormous umbrellas. Jelly legs, but no mishaps. We drove home for lunch and afternoon watching the rain, and the tennis.

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Dec 31, 2012 - Tasmanie (vlucht vanaf Melbourne)

We hebben ongeveer 3.000 km rond getoerd tussen Sydney en de omgeving van Melbourne. In het terugrijden hebben we een kangoeroe voorbij gestoken die aan het springen was in onze rijrichting. Dat beest ging goed vooruit, zo'n 40 km/uur. We hebben braaf de wagen teruggeven om dan door te vliegen naar Tasmania, meer bepaald Lauceston. Dit is de 2de grootste stad in Tasmania en telt een aantal mooie gebouwen. We hebben hier de overgang van oud naar nieuw doorgebracht. De Art Gallery is een bezoek waard.

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Apr 3, 2012 - Launceston - the 50's Live

Welcome back – After my stay in Hobart I crossed Tasmania by bus to the river port of Launceston on the north end of the island. There I stayed in the Batman-Fawkner Hotel. Once the elite hotel of Tasmania, it hosted the king of England in its heyday. Alas, no longer, or the geezer could not have afforded it. Batman (no, not that Batman) was to become one of the founders of Melbourne. Nearby is a lovely city park and The Design Center, where a number of artists display crafts created from wood. It’s a stunning exhibit of what can be done...

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Jan 31, 2012 - December/January

December/January: Here are some of my adventures from the past couple of months! Work: Needless to say work in December was very easy with it being the end of the school year. Most teachers left games, drawing or videos for kids to do at the end of the year. Also, on many occasions my teaching day consisted of watching students practice their Christmas concerts. It was easy money that’s for sure; however, the last week or so of the school year, work ended up being extremely slow and I only got called 4 days out of 9. School holidays last...

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Jan 15, 2012 - Cataract gorge Launceston

The main tourist attraction in Launceston is Cataract Gorge Reserve which is a river gorge sculptured by the South Esk river and is a cross between the Strid and Symmonds Yat. In the middle of the gorge is a large “basin” or natural waterhole where you can swim, surrounded by grassed areas and a free 50m outdoor shallow swimming pool, cable chair suspended across the gorge to a café and more formal garden area and many tracks and trails of different standards up and down the gorge. It was a lovely spot and another lovely sunny day. We...

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